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Watercolour Art Classes

Watercolour Art Classes

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  • Sun 14 Oct ’18, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 21 Oct ’18, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 28 Oct ’18, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 4 Nov ’18, 1:00pm – 4:00pm


New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay & Hobson Streets, Auckland CBD



Ticket Information:

  • Per Class: $45.00

Come down to the waterfront for our latest workshops at the NZ Maritime Museum. Learn drawing and watercolour painting right at the water’s edge, lead by artist Kristen Olson Stone.

Pre-booking is required. Tea and coffee offered complimentary.

$150 for all 4 classes ($30 off. Includes booking fee).
Book a single class. Book the four class pass.

About the class:
Kristen Olson Stone, an experienced tutor and highly acclaimed artist from the USA, will be teaching an artist workshop on drawing and watercolor painting of various ocean-themed subjects.

Students will work in the museum’s fabulous new marina-side learning space. They will be able to draw and paint from life, as well as photographs.

The focus of teaching will be on teaching students how to capture a scene in watercolor with vibrant colors and values in a painterly style. Instruction will also be given on composition, color mixing, creating depth in a painting, painting skies, reflections, the ocean, boats with riggings and sails and more.

Each class will begin with a painting demonstration and lecture followed by plenty of individual attention for the rest of the class.

Basic sketch materials will be provided free of charge. The museum will supply a small amount of paint for students to learn with. We recommend investing in a watercolour painting kit from an art supplier to bring with you. This will enable you to do more painting in the class and practice at home.

Suggested supply list:​
- 2B pencil or leadholder
- small pencil sharpener
- white plastic eraser
- watercolor paper pad or block, 300gsm recommended
- watercolor paint set, artist quality paints are recommended minimum 6 colors
- watercolor brush or travel brush, #6 or #8 round synthetic sable (you may bring more brushes if you have them)

Students are welcome to try different subject matter in their classes. Some possible starting points, inspired by the local environment, could include:
- Bean Point Lighthouse with a sailing yacht
- Devonport Waterfront with moored boats offshore
- Rangitoto Island with sailboats
- The Hauraki Gulf with the Auckland Bridge with a sailing yacht in the bay
- Mission Bay beach with people
- The pier at Russel with boats
- An overturned dinghy along the Russel waterfront
- Waiake Beach with Tor Island
- Vessels in the Maritime Museum’s marina or on the harbour

The NZ Maritime Museum can be easily accessed by public transport, and half price parking vouchers for Downtown carpark can be purchased from the museum shop.

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